Harry Riley

Operation American Spring Leader Announces 'Phase II' Of Plan To Overthrow Obama

Last time Operation American Spring leader Harry Riley stopped by “The Alan Colmes Show,” he told Colmes that he was expecting a “gigantic, massive rally” that would “field about 10 to 20 million people in Washington, D.C. and we’re going to close it down.” In another interview, Riley guaranteed a “verified, validated” minimum of 10 million attendees ready to overthrow President Obama.

Of course, just over one hundred or so people ultimately showed up for the event, although one speaker put the figure at “four or five hundred people.”

But in an interview with Colmes last night, Riley said that thousands of people were present: “I think we probably had three or four thousand the first day.” He later added that “probably 1,000” activists are still on the National Mall pushing for Obama’s removal from office.

Declaring the event to be a success, Riley said Operation American Spring is now entering a second phase in its plan to oust President Obama and top administration officials.

“We’re still in that process, we were in a mobilization phase, now we’re in phase II of exercising our strength and length of phase.”

We actually stopped by the National Mall on Saturday, the second day of Operation American Spring, and found fewer than ten OAS supporters present.

Including these activists, who seemed to be leaving.

Guarantee Of 10 Million 'Operation American Spring' Protesters Off By Just Under 10 Million

Operation American Spring took place today as Tea Party-inspired organizers gathered for a “gigantic, massive rally” of up to “30 million people” who claimed they will not leave Washington D.C. until President Obama resigns from office or is forced out in a coup.

The event followed in the footsteps of other right-wing demonstrations that likewise aimed to flood the capital with millions of supporters and disrupt commerce until Obama was ousted, only this time rally organizers guaranteed that a “verified” minimum of 10 million people would show up.

Attendees took turns speaking to the crowd, including one man from New Hampshire who said it was a “disgrace” that “only “four or five hundred people showed up” (by our count, just over one hundred people were present).

After recounting a story about how he was purportedly persecuted by the Capitol Police, he told the crowd: “This is the America that you all live in today, and it has to end. I’m telling you right now, it’s going to take — in my view — a little blood, it’s going to happen, this day is coming and you better be willing to pay for it.”

Another speaker spent her time criticizing Michelle Obama, the “murderer” Eric Holder, and “Killary Clinton” over Benghazi.

Despite claims that the rally would be packed with militia members, the atmosphere of the event was more like a picnic.

As you can see:

Operation American Spring leaders claimed that God supported their efforts, and the event included religious imagery.

Here they come to arrest Obama:

Despite the fact that the rally attendance was more in the dozens than the tens of millions, organizer Jim Garrow was still pretty sure President Obama would shut down access to Washington Area Traffic Camera Feeds so people wouldn’t see the masses descending on the capital.

Operation American Spring: 5 Things To Know About The Rally To Overthrow Obama

Tomorrow, Operation American Spring will attempt to flood Washington, D.C. with Tea Party activists committed to removing President Obama from office.

“[I]t will be painful, and some people may die because the government will not be non-violent; some of us will end up in a cell, and some may be injured,” organizer Harry Riley said in December, fearing that “patriots may be killed, wounded, incarcerated” in their effort to overthrow Obama.

One Operation American Spring endorser, former general Paul Vallely, has even floated the idea of leading a “revolution” against Obama.

This won’t be the first right-wing rally that has promised to occupy D.C. with millions of people until Obama leaves office, and we don’t expect tomorrow’s event to turn out any differently than the last one did.

Here are five things you need to know about Operation American Spring:

1. Plans For 10-30 Million People To ‘Shut Down’ DC

Riley has insisted that “10-20 million people” will descend on Washington, and guaranteed a minimum of 10 million: “We’re trusting there’s going to be about 10 million or more people that are going to be there to back this up, verified, validated.”

“They will be all over D.C. Wherever they can find a spot to stand, that's where they'll be. Around the White House, around the Capitol, on the Mall, all over,” Riley said. “We will wait, we will be there, we will interrupt the traffic, we will interrupt the commerce.”

“We're going to shut the city down.”

Believe it or not, Riley's is actually on the low side of attendance estimates from Operation American Spring backers.

Jim Garrow, a far-right activist and conspiracy theorist backing the effort, told fringe radio host Pete Santilli that “they’re expecting 30 million people.”

2. Right-Wing Tribunal To Replace Obama After Sending Him To Gitmo

Hoping to overthrow Obama’s “socialist-fascist-communist-Marxist dictatorial, tyrannical system,” organizers said they will install a tribunal led by GOP figures such as Sen. Ted Cruz and former congressman Allen West:

Those with the principles of a West, Cruz, Lee, DeMint, Paul, Gov. Walker, Sessions, Gowdy, Jordan, Issa, will comprise a tribunal and assume positions of authority to convene investigations, recommend appropriate charges against politicians and government employees to the new U.S. Attorney General appointed by the new President.

After forcibly removing Obama from office, Riley thinks the new government will “move” Obama “over to Guantanamo.”

3. Hoping For Militia Support

Riley claims that “militias all across the nation are mobilizing ” for Operation American Spring. While he insists “they’re not coming up there with any weapons,” he believes that it could turn violent if their movement fails: “I fear the next step, if this doesn’t happen, is going to be something that not a combat soldier wants to see. We’ve been through the carnage, we’ve seen it, we understand what happens and that’s the last thing we want.”

4. God On Their Side

Riley has said Operation American Spring is “bathed in prayer” and will have divine support: “We’re bathed—it’s under God and we’re going to move up there and trust Him that it will work out because we believe it’s noble, it’s an honorable effort.”

“God’s wind is behind us, that this is something that He’s pushing us along,” he said. “I think it will work. I think God is behind it. He is going to give us a clear path, right into Washington D.C. and that’s what we’re going to ask for.”

5. Obama Might Launch A Drone Strike On Washington

Terry Trussell, Operation American Spring’s chief of staff, and far-right radio host Mark Hoffmann are warning attendees to prepare for violence and possibly even a drone strike to “destroy the capital just to get rid of us.”

Operation American Spring Leader Says God Will Lead Millions Against Obama's 'Socialist-Fascist-Communist-Marxist' Dictatorship

Last month, Operation American Spring leader Harry Riley spoke to conservative radio host Dave Janda about his upcoming rally, which is intended to oust President Obama from office and put him in Gitmo.

Riley told Janda that Operation American Spring will stop Obama’s attempt to turn America into “a socialist-fascist-communist-Marxist dictatorial, tyrannical system.”

When Barack Obama became the White House occupant we saw the Constitution being destroyed and ignored at nearly the speed of light. We believe that our liberty and our freedom and our constitutional nation started on the downhill at something that we just couldn’t believe. We looked over and we said, we’ve been fighting for our nation for over 230 years and we have children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren that are coming after us, and at the rate that Obama is taking us, we are going to be down into a socialist-fascist-communist-Marxist dictatorial, tyrannical system at the end of his administration if we don’t do something now, right now, to turn this around.

Riley also repeated his assertion that God is behind Operation American Spring and predicted that the event will draw 10 million attendees — which is actually lower than activist Jim Garrow’s estimate of 30 million.

We’re at the point now where I believe that the only way we could be this far ahead with so many supporters and so many patriots that are making efforts throughout the states that God’s wind is behind us, that this is something that He’s pushing us along. We’re calling for a peaceful, unarmed, non-violent gathering of 10 million Americans in Washington D.C. beginning on May 16 and we want to stay there in numbers as long as we possibly can.



I think it will work. I think God is behind it. He is going to give us a clear path, right into Washington D.C. and that’s what we’re going to ask for. At the same time we’re working on a formal declaration of demands that we’re going to present, we don’t know exactly who to yet or how they will be presented, but this will back up what it is we’re asking for with regard to these people to step down. We’re trust there’s going to be about 10 million or more people that are going to be there to back this up, verified, validated.

God Will Bless Operation American Spring, Or Prepare For Violence

During an appearance last month on a birther radio program, Operation American Spring organizer Harry Riley predicted that his protest campaign to force President Obama out of office will work because “it’s bathed in prayer” and “under God.”

After wildly overstating the number of gun owners in the U.S., Riley said that if government officials “don’t do what we’re suggesting or what we’re demanding,” then Americans could see “a violent condition erupt in our nation.”

It’s an honorable movement, it’s bathed in prayer. We’ve got a tab on our website where we’ve got a list of prayer warriors that are working every day in prayer for us. We’re bathed—it’s under God and we’re going to move up there and trust Him that it will work out because we believe it’s noble, it’s an honorable effort.



The facts I have, the documents I have say there’s 267 million armed citizens in the United States. We don’t want to get there, I’m sure you don’t because you’ve been probably in combat over in Iraq and the Middle East, that’s what we don’t want to do and that’s why we hope and pray that when we field 10-15 million people up there that that’s enough evidence for these boneheads in Washington D.C. to grasp our message, to grasp what we’re telling them that if they don’t do what we’re suggesting or what we’re demanding, then the next option is something that none of us want to see. Those of us that have been in a foxhole, we don’t want to see a violent condition erupt in our nation.

Operation American Spring Organizers Joke About Putting Obama In Guantanamo Bay

 Last week, retired Col. Harry Riley was a guest on Patriot Nation with Mark Hoffman to talk about his upcoming rally, Operation American Spring. On May 16th, Riley and his supporters will head to Washington D.C. with hopes to oust President Obama.

Col. Riley, who claims he is modeling his movement on the Arab Spring, is confident that  between 10 to 20 million people will join him in camping out in front of the White House until President Obama resigns. Calling it a “movement to action,” Col. Riley told Hoffman that he is “expecting something to happen. We will demand something to happen!”

Towards the end of the interview, Riley mentioned that he believes President Obama will not even be at the White House when the “patriots” march in. “He always sneaks away,” Riley snickered. “Maybe we can move him over to Guantanamo.”

Operation American Spring Hopes To Shut Down Washington, For Freedom

Yesterday, Operation American Spring organizer Harry Riley appeared on Alan Colmes' radio show, where he explained his plan to bring 10-20 million people into the nation's capital for a rally to overthrow Obama with the help of militias.

While Riley seems to have downgraded his turnout estimate, which organizers previously put at 30 million people, he told Colmes that the demonstration will be so "massive" that it will stretch into Maryland and Virginia and will block traffic and commerce.

"[W]e will interrupt the traffic, we will interrupt the commerce," Riley predicted. "That's the way it is when we're pursuing freedom and liberty for all."

Riley: We are intending to field about 10-20 million people in Washington, D.C. and we're going to close it down. We are going to circulate, clear out into Maryland and Virginia.

Colmes: You are predicting 10 million people will be doing this?

Riley: Absolutely.

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Riley: We will have a gigantic, massive rally on May 16. Then some of those people will have to go home, they have to work. We will come up with a plan where we keep a large body of patriots there over a long period of time. We've come up with a plan whereby there will be a flow-in weekly.

Colmes: Keep them where? Where will they be exactly?

Riley: They will be all over DC. Wherever they can find a spot to stand, that's where they'll be. Around the White House, around the Capitol, on the Mall, all over.

Colmes: They are just going to be standing and doing what?

Riley: They are going to be there and we will be presenting grievances and our demands. We will wait, we will be there, we will interrupt the traffic, we will interrupt the commerce.

Colmes: You're going to stop the traffic flow, you're going to stop commerce.

Riley: Mhmm.

Colmes: You're going to get in the way of the ingress and egress of people going about their daily business and really get in the way of citizens who through no fault of their own are just happen to be going about their daily lives, right?

Riley: That's the way it is when we're pursuing freedom and liberty for all.

Colmes: So you are actually threatening obstruction?

Riley: What I'm saying is, we're going to shut the city down. You can call it what you want but we're going to do it in a peaceful, non-violent, unarmed manner of citizens expressing our disgust with the deceit, the betrayal and the lies the government has been feeding us the last five years.

Colmes: What's your plan to stop traffic? How are you going to do that?

Riley: We're going to have to be in the streets, that's how we stop it.

Colmes: You're going to be standing in the streets stopping traffic?

Riley: Absolutely.

'Militias All Across The Nation Are Mobilizing' For Anti-Obama Rally

An organizer for Operation American Spring, a planned right-wing rally in Washington D.C. that hopes to drive President Obama out of office through a “second American Revolution,” said this week that “militias all across the nation are mobilizing” to attend the May demonstration.

In an interview with conservative pundit Erik Rush this week, organizer Harry Riley said that while the militias are “not coming up there with any weapons,” he believes there may be violence and “carnage” if the demonstrators don’t get their way. “I fear the next step, if this doesn’t happen, is going to be something that not a combat soldier wants to see,” he said.

Another rally organizer, Jim Garrow, has called for a “guerrilla war” against Obama.

Rush himself advocated yesterday for a military coup against Obama.

I fought all through the Cold War and to me I’ve never seen a threat to the United States any greater than the internal threat that Obama and his administration and a Congress that does nothing reflect. We’re in a serious, grave situation. It’s a reason we’re going to Washington to try, to try. I fear the next step, if this doesn’t happen, is going to be something that not a combat soldier wants to see. We’ve been through the carnage, we’ve seen it, we understands what happens and that’s the last thing we want.



The militias all across the nation are mobilizing. They’ve got rules of engagement already established, they’re not coming up there with any weapons, they’re not coming up there with any criminal intent or illegal lawlessness or anything else, they’re just patriots, Americans who happen to belong to a militia. They’re coming to voice the same thing: we want our nation back and we want our Constitution restored to where it’s the law of the land, not individuals.

'Operation American Spring' Claims Support From 'High Ranking Military Leaders'

The organizer of a May 16 rally calling for President Obama’s overthrow claims that he has the support of “a number of high ranking military leaders” who will assist in “a gigantic ‘movement to action’ in D.C.”

Col. Harry Riley, who is putting on the event with the backing of Jim Garrow and former general Paul Vallely, wouldn’t be the first conservative activist to call for military action against Obama.

Riley told Renew America’s Sher Zieve that he hopes for an Egyptian-style uprising to bring an end to “the tyrannical, dictator like regime that is taking American into the abyss.”

Sher: Thanks so much for being here, today, Col. Riley. You have taken on quite a task with "Operation American Spring" that has now gone viral on the Internet. Would you tell the readers what inspired you to begin the program, which is designed to lead toward the occupation of Washington D.C. in May?

Col. Riley: Five years of America screaming for some resolution from the tyrannical, dictator like regime that is taking American into the abyss....we've shuffled paper to congress, the media, town halls, every conceivable avenue to no avail. America is sinking desperately closer to a dictatorship...Barack Obama has no intention of adhering to the US constitution. The people of Egypt gave me inspiration...they said "enough is enough," took action by the millions to reach a solution. Their model is applicable to America as we find ourselves in an undesirable, tyrannical regime.....we are not modeling the Egyptian government, nor their military...it's the action of the Egyptian people we're modeling. Our government structure is fine, our Founding Fathers were brilliant, so we're happy with America government structure, except the tyrannical leadership in Washington, D.C.

Sher: During our recent conversation, you indicated that you are working with a small staff to accomplish your goals. After so many recent firings of our military leaders, one would think these leaders would be ready to expose Barack Obama for whom and what he really is. Why do you think so many high-ranking military men have been reluctant to say anything about this man who is openly and systematically destroying the USA and its Constitution; the Constitution that they have sworn to uphold?

Col. Riley: We have a number of high ranking military leaders who are in support of a gigantic "movement to action" in D.C. as we discuss in www.patriotsforamerica.ning.com We are witnessing exponential attention and emphasis from "grass roots" America. That's where this mission, Operation American Spring is coming from.

Video: PFAW’s Drew Courtney Discusses Right Wing Extremism on Politics Nation with Al Sharpton

Last Monday, Right Wing Watch reported on an upcoming far-right rally, “Operation American Spring,” calling for the ousting of President Obama. Rally organizer Harry Riley predicts that “millions of Americans will participate” in this mission to “bring down the existing leadership.”

On Friday, PFAW Director of Communications Drew Courtney joined Rev. Al Sharpton on Politics Nation to discuss these fringe plans to overthrow President Obama and what it means when the rhetoric of far right activists creeps into the language of GOP elected officials:
 

 

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Another Far-Right Rally To Overthrow Obama That Will Definitely Work

Conservative activists including Jim Garrow, Erik Rush and Paul Vallely are pushing a rally called Operation American Spring demanding the overthrow of President Obama. Of course, in November, Larry Klayman held a similar rally calling for Obama’s ousting that he hoped would draw millions of people, but only drew about one hundred Tea Party activists.

The organizer, Harry Riley, predicts that “millions of Americans will participate” but warns that “patriots may be killed, wounded, incarcerated” and harassed by the government. After successfully overthrowing Obama, the group hopes to install a right-wing tribunal led by the likes of Allen West and Ted Cruz.

“[I]t will be painful, and some people may die because the government will not be non-violent; some of us will end up in a cell, and some may be injured,” writes the organizer. “If that’s what it will take to save our nation, do we have any choice? Freedom loving Americans will say there is no choice, we must begin the second American Revolution.”

I don’t consider the operation I’m working on as my initiative. A number of us have settled on an approach which we call OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING(OAS). It’s modeled after the people in Egypt(Cairo) who said “enough is enough” and went to the streets by the millions and stayed there until a resolution. We surely in America are saying “enough is enough”. That’s what we’re doing with OAS. It’s not the typical “go to D.C. for a day” and then go home, and we’re not having stages, speakers, etc in our plan. If someone else want to do that, have at it. We’re going with millions in the streets for a day or two and then leave a million or so in D.C. for weeks, months, whatever it takes. We’ll interfere with traffic, bridges, make our mandate known and stay there until..........?



Assumptions:

Millions of Americans will participate.

American veterans and patriots are energized to end the tyranny, lawlessness, and shredding of the US Constitution.

Government is not the target, it is sound; corrupt and criminal leadership must be removed.

Those in power will not hesitate to use force against unarmed patriots exercising their constitutional rights.

Patriots may be killed, wounded, incarcerated.

There is no hope given today’s technology of secrecy for the effort nor do we want it secret.



Those with the principles of a West, Cruz, Lee, DeMint, Paul, Gov Walker, Sessions, Gowdy, Jordan, Issa, will comprise a tribunal and assume positions of authority to convene investigations, recommend appropriate charges against politicians and government employees to the new U.S. Attorney General appointed by the new President.



There is not much time and the only planning necessary is to select a starting date, which we have done, and then show up in Washington, D.C. on that date, and plan to stay for the duration. The goal is restoring the US Constitution as the law of the land, removing the lawless leadership. Will this be a cake-walk? No, it will be painful, and some people may die because the government will not be non-violent; some of us will end up in a cell, and some may be injured. If that’s what it will take to save our nation, do we have any choice? Freedom loving Americans will say there is no choice, we must begin the second American Revolution. Not with guns, but with millions of Americans demanding a return to constitutional government and the resignation of Obama, Biden, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi and Holder as a start...then the constitutional restoration process can begin. An AMERICAN SPRING can be avoided only if the above mentioned officials resign.
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